White House Takes A Stand Against School Bullying

The U.S. Department of Education issued a letter to schools, colleges and universities Tuesday affirming that harassing a student based on his or her race, nationality, sex or disability so much that he or she can no longer participate or benefit from school may be a violation of federal civil rights.

Recent cases of harassment against gays, lesbians and other groups have prompted the government to be more urgent in guiding schools on how to protect students.

Host Michel Martin speaks with Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, about what constitutes harassment and how the Education department believes schools should react when harassment occurs.

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